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Why We Can’t Forget The Pets

Why We Can’t Forget The Pets

Kathy’s Legacy’s mission is to serve children and pets impacted by domestic violence. However, it is not often you hear about pets in relation to domestic violence. Unfortunately, the reality is pets play significant roles in DV situations but often go...

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Silver Lining Spotlight: Family 4

Silver Lining Spotlight: Family 4

Note: Kathy’s Legacy does not share photos of the children's faces or use their real names. Names have been changed to protect their privacy. In early February 2013, Isabel met with her estranged husband in the parking lot of the Imperial Beach Sheriff substation for...

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How a Positive Evolved from a Tragedy

How a Positive Evolved from a Tragedy

Jim Willis was the police detective who investigated Kathy’s murder case. Jim has been a peace officer in California for over 20 years. After the conclusion of the investigation, he developed a bond with the Scharbarth family. Jim now proudly serves as President of...

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. During October we have the opportunity to raise awareness about domestic...

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A Note from Kathy’s Brother

A Note from Kathy’s Brother

I am the younger brother of Kathy Scharbarth. When my sister was murdered there was a domino effect that had been set into place. All of a sudden my family was struck with mourning the loss of a loved one, custody issues over my niece, psychological challenges,...

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Silver Lining Spotlight: Family 3

Silver Lining Spotlight: Family 3

Note: Kathy’s Legacy does not share photos of the children's faces or use their real names. Names have been changed to protect their privacy. In August 2017, Kelly, at the time age 9 and Joey age 8, were eating breakfast when their mother’s boyfriend, came running...

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Silver Lining Spotlight: Family 2

Silver Lining Spotlight: Family 2

Note: Kathy’s Legacy does not share photos of the children's faces or use their real names. Names have been changed to protect their privacy. A couple of years ago, Marguerite, a fearful mother of two sons, ages 10 and 5, called the police department requesting...

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Silver Lining Spotlight: Our First Family

Silver Lining Spotlight: Our First Family

Note: Kathy’s Legacy does not share photos of the children's faces or use their real names. Names have been changed to protect their privacy. 6 years ago, Lauren, Julia and Sara’s mother agreed to go shopping with her estranged husband to choose Christmas presents for...

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Healing Through Art

Healing Through Art

Healing Through Art This young artist is a nine-year-old Silver Lining child. Her mother was stabbed to death in front of her and her younger sister. As a result, her artwork had been related to the trauma that she witnessed. Happily, she has gone from drawing knives...

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A Letter from Melissa Scharbarth

A Letter from Melissa Scharbarth

A powerful letter written by Kathy’s sister Melissa. It illustrates the pain, heartache and struggle that the families of domestic violence homicide endure but a reminder that there can be hope in times of darkness. This message is especially meaningful during this...

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